Whether you’re planning to bike your weekend away to shrink that waistline or in the mood to get a huge dose of the California sunshine you missed from working within your cubicle for the past five days, the roads of Southern California is a great place to start. It’s not exactly renowned for being a city that loves its cyclists but it is trying and improving. More roads are gradually being modified to cater to you bike enthusiasts, earth advocates, health aficionados and hobbyists.
One of the most endearing features of this city is that no matter how busy it is, it is neighbors with the Pacific Ocean. Now this might be reason enough for you to grab your bike and check out the California coast but do you know where to start?
The Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, known as The Strand or the South Bay Bike Path among locals, would be a great option to get going. Taking this multiuse recreational road would mean biking along SoCal’s shoreline along its very own paved bike path. You will pass through a 22-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in the Playa del Rey area, starting from the Will Rogers State Beach through the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, ending in the Torrence County Beach. This trail highlights a laidback cruise that will let you immerse in the ultimate beach experience. Cycle through the beautiful beaches, popular surf breaks, volleyball games, million dollar mansions and the carefree California beach crowds in the beloved Santa Monica Pier, Hermosa Beach, Marina del Rey, Venice Beach and other well-known spots.
Others may warn you against taking on this challenge, it will take a good 4 to 5 hours for you finish the whole stretch. But it’s not a race, and you do not have to finish the whole thing. If you have time to spare, this trail should be an adventure where the aim is to enjoy SoCal’s beach culture. They may warn you of how busy the trail is with locals and tourists, but this is exactly why you should go. Unless you’re getting on your bike purely for exercise, you will surely enjoy being among the buzzing crowd enjoying all kinds of beach pursuits. Look forward to seeing volleyball players, surfers, skateboarders, body builders, yachts and their owners’ huge and beautiful houses, bikini girls, beach bummers, street performers, hippies, stoners – you name it! To top it all off, magnificent views of the ocean should seal the deal for you.
If you don’t have a bike, there’s no need to worry. There are tons of bike rental places along the trail – along with lots of sites to pick up something to drink and eat in case you need to refuel. The path is mostly flat but is bumpy along a few parts and if you are not big on maps, the clear-signed trail will help you out just fine. It is best if you start out early as the California sun could get really hot, especially in the summer.
After finishing the 22 miles, know that you deserve a pat on the back or an enormous fist bump. You just finished biking through the most iconic places in Southern California!
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